Finding out the news of a new baby on the way for some is the happiest time, and for others, it may be time to reflect. Either way, once you find out you’ll have only about 8 months to figure things out. You’ll spend the first couple of months either hunched over a toilet or smooth sailing and that all depends on your body and your baby. Pregnancy tips are something you won’t get away from once you get the positive pregnancy test whether you ask for it or not!
No one pregnancy will be the same for any two women or even any two pregnancies if you have more than one child. I’ve partnered with another mom blogger Natasha who listed out her top 26 pregnancy tips for new moms to remember. From her own experiences, she wanted to gather things she felt like would be essential for all moms.
26 Things to Remember During your Pregnancy
- Don’t forget breakfast. It’s the most important meal.
- Eat foods with fiber. It gives you much-needed energy.
- Take a prenatal vitamin with iron and folic acid every day. It helps with the baby’s growth.
- There’s no such thing as eating for two, eat as much as your body needs, your body will provide enough food for your baby.
- Get a comfy chair pillow and raise your legs when you sit down.
- Rest, get enough sleep: You are growing a human for crying out loud.
- Drink plenty of water. Keep hydrated.
- Go to the bathroom even if you don’t feel like going, that’s a tip I learned to avoid accidents in your clothes.
- Visit your gynecologist when you must, don’t skip appointments.
- Close your ears, everyone has the advice to give and not all advice is good. Listen to your doc, if you are not comfortable about something research on it from trusted sources.
- Don’t overwork yourself, take it easy.
- Place pillows around your back, between your legs if you can’t afford a pregnancy pillow. Sleep gets rough with a protruding tummy.
- Avoid heavy lifting, you can easily tear something important for the baby.
- Wear comfy shoes, your feet will praise you for it.
- Eat small healthy snacks often and fruits, don’t get too hungry, the only time I ever threw up was when I was too hungry.
- Take walks, exercise if you can but don’t push too far.
- Lukewarm baths can ease your aching muscles.
- Get up and stretch if you have a long sitting job. Don’t sit for too long.
- Stay away from strong heavy fumes.
- Educate yourself on the signs of labor.
- Buy baby clothes and items slowly throughout your pregnancy, the baby stuff is expensive.
- Buy diapers, wipes, bum cream and baby clothes slowly in bulk in varying sizes.
- Wear comfy aerated clothes that are not snug against you.
- Be prepared for anything.
- Enjoy every moment, the ups and downs. There’s nothing like pregnancy.
- Pregnancy apps, books and groups with women in the same trimester as you help. I would often forget how far I was, the apps and books would help. It was nice to know what developments my baby was going through and what to expect. Groups gave me comfort and motivation because women were going through the same thing I was.
I hope these pregnancy tips help you or a mom you know. One thing I hope all moms remember when giving advice to new moms is that all advice should come from a place of caring about the mom and baby. Far too often pregnant moms get unsolicited negative advice from family and friends.
Don’t be that mom, no one likes her!
What are some pregnancy tips that you remember that could help a new mom out?
Self-care for moms is essential because it’s very easy to think only of the baby when it arrives but moms should be sure to take some time out for themselves to avoid the inevitable curse of draining your cups.
Natasha is a SAH motherhood lifestyle blogger and is looking to become a WAHM. She blogs about her experience in life hacks, pregnancy, newborn, WAH, and SAH tips. She is also down to earth, shy but friendly and new mother to one. You can find her blog here.